HERMOSA, Bataan: Three villages here on Sunday were submerged in flood waters up to five feet due to heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon or “habagat” triggered by typhoon “Gorio”, local officials said.
Flooded were Almacen at five feet deep and Daungan and Pulo, both at two feet.
Fishing bancas were the only means of transportation in Almacen and Daungan. Passengers were charged P20 each one way.
Almacen Barangay Chairman EmeterioVillapaña said the flood started at 9:00 p.m. of Saturday due to heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon and continued to rise Sunday because of the high tide.
The village head said affected were 1,000 families who, as in past floods, chose not to evacuate but to remain in their houses or stay with their neighbors.
“Dahil hindi sila makapagtrabaho, kailangan nila food at medicine,” Villapaña said.
(Because they could not work, what they need are food and medicine.)
Asked as to what he thought was the cause of yearly floods in his village, Villapaña said: “Siguro walang puno sa kabundukan, walang pumipigil satubig na bumababa.”
(Maybe because there are no more trees in the mountains so there is nothing that stops the water from coming down.)
Susan Cruz, 53, said they have been experiencing the flood in Almacen even when she was still a child.
She said the complaints on some fishponds hampering the flow of water in the wide Almacen River was not a problem to the regular floods they have been experiencing for almost 50 years.
“Ang solusyon, ingat na lang ang mga tao kasi sanay na kami. Walang magagawa. Hinuhukay nga ang ilog pero ganoon din,” Cruz said when asked what she thought was the solution.
(The solution is for people to just be careful because we are used to it. Nothing can be done. The river is being dredged and yet nothing is happening.)
What she was referring to was the multi-million peso dredging in the river that started April 2017.
She kidded that they were enjoying the flood.